The Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society (ATPPS) board of directors works to identify priorities, draft responses, position statements and official comments - to proposed legislation or regulation and communicate to the ATPPS membership and leadership regarding those priority issues.


Memo on Athletic Trainers Legislation in California
Summary: CA AB 796 – The Athletic Training Practice Act

Assembly Bill 796 seeks to regulate athletic trainers by enacting the Athletic Training Practice Act. This bill will establish the Athletic Trainer Registration Committee within the Medical Board of California, as well as prohibit a person from practicing as an athletic trainer without proper registration by the committee. The Committee would only be active until January 1, 2028. If the bill passes, Athletic Trainers in California will now need to register every two years in order to remain certified by the California Medical Board. However, the bill will not require athletic trainers to be licensed. As of 06/01/23 A.B. 796 is on the Senate, read first time to Committee on Rules for assignment. Read the memo.

In The News

ATPPS Letter to CMS on DME Ruling – New Product Categories

By ATPPS | December 4, 2018 | Comments Off on ATPPS Letter to CMS on DME Ruling – New Product Categories

The Board of the ATPPS wanted to notify the membership of a CMS proposal that could have implications on your facility.  ATPPS has submitted a comment to CMS asking for a longer comment period as the current comment period is only about a month long, significantly less than the standard comment period. Our letter can be read here in our Member Documents section. Below is the CMS request for public comment along with the hyperlink directly to the CMS website. Public Comments on New Product Categories Update: CMS is extending the public comment period to December 17, 2018 The Centers…

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Final CMS Ruling/Provisions for CY 2019

By ATPPS | November 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Final CMS Ruling/Provisions for CY 2019

In September 2018, the ATPPS board, provided public comment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Physician Fee Schedule. The ATPPS full comment can be found in the Member Documents section of our website. CMS has recently released their final ruling and provisions for CY 2019 and include some provisions that may benefit those athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting. The final rulings and provisions can be found in our Members Documents section.

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CMS Open Comment

By Sean Burfeind | November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on CMS Open Comment

In September the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was seeking public comment for new proposed rules. This major proposed rule addresses changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. These public comment periods do not happen that often. The board of the ATPPS is committed to reviewing all CMS proposed rule changes and public comments to identify areas where our members will be affected. When applicable, we look for areas to comment on CMS rulings that would be of interest to ATPPS members. With this specific ruling and comment period, we identified proposed changes that were…

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Athletic Trainers in Physician Practice Society (ATPPS) Statement Regarding the Orthopedic Physician Extender Certification (OPE-C)

By ATPPS | August 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Athletic Trainers in Physician Practice Society (ATPPS) Statement Regarding the Orthopedic Physician Extender Certification (OPE-C)

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals (ASOP) has recently developed and advertised an OPE-C. This certification is being marketed towards athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting to elevate the clinical specialty in orthopedics for the athletic trainer. The certification is only offered to athletic trainers who currently hold or are working towards an ATC credential. Following an independent review of the Content Analysis associated with the OPE-C, it is the opinion of the ATPPS that the OPC certification knowledge is included within the 5 th Edition of the NATA’s Athletic Training Educational Competencies (CE-6, CIP-2, CIP-9, EBP-1, HA-10, HA-28, PHP-20, PHP-21, PHP-22, PHP-23) and…

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